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Hard as It Is, Coronavirus Pandemic Demands Calm

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the coronavirus, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on March 31, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Via Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:49 AM Current | Bio | Archive

So now we’ve entered crazy times re COVID-19 N.

Formerly calm, collected men and women are calling to tell me that we have been struck by a Biblical plague for our sins.

The list of sins is amazingly diverse.

Of course, sexual deviance and promiscuity are at the top of the list.

Then there is lavish living and getting into debt.

Then there is miscegenation although only the craziest of the crazy have that on their minds.

My genius friend, "J", who has not been feeling well lately, has a special roster of reasons why this is happening. It has to do with the neocons and their wish to have free trade with China.

"Just to save a few cents, we became dependent on China for TVs and medications. That allowed them to export their diseases to us more or less at will, 'internationalism,'" he said.

"There is the enemy."

"J" thinks we should have just sealed ourselves off from China and made everything ourselves. Plus, we should not have dealt with a country that is so brutal to its own people.

"These people in China are just animals," he said.

"And we do business with them as if they were respectable."

Because he knows of my connection with Richard Nixon, he kindly adds that, "Nixon could not have imagined that we would let ourselves get so dependent on such a cruel dictatorship."

(Of course when Nixon made his famous trip to China in 1972, he was dealing with a Mao Tse Tung whose hands were dripping with blood from " . . . the cultural revolution. . . " and bodies were clogging the waterways of China and Nixon fawned all over him.

The trip was made to try to encourage Mao to stop helping The North Vietnamese.

It didn’t work.

But, it did end the Cold War by separating China and the USSR.

That trip began the process of unraveling the USSR altogether, a super worthwhile result.

That all seems to be sliding backwards towards dictatorship in Russia but that’s another story. And when we joined hands with Stalin, in World War II, we really were in bed with the Devil. But it was necessary.)

Meanwhile, Charles Lindbergh would have been happy to hear these isolationist sentiments and maybe my friend is right.

But, could we really have permanently sealed ourselves off from the biggest country on earth?

And of course I get e-mails all day long explaining that COVID-19 N was made in a laboratory in China and somehow escaped into the human population.

Maybe on purpose.

But, how come the virus has stopped spreading in China? Why?

Is that a complete fabrication or how did they do it? How did South Korea do it?

And why is there so little cornavirus in Russia where people often live cheek by jowl and where medical care is pitiful?

Or, is that just censorship and propaganda? Or, do they know something we don’t know?

On another point, there is something strange going on about the economy.

There are many layoffs. Way too many.

But there are also shortages of workers in groceries, deliveries, medical manufacturing, and workers are staying away in droves. They’re scared. I’m scared too, but let’s try to be objective.

In New York City, a truly great city, there have been about 1200 Corona deaths. That’s 1200 too many but it’s 1/7 of 1% of the population.

This is not nuclear war.

This is not The War Between The States.

This is not the Spanish Flu.

But it’s scary and the media work like dervishes to keep us scared and sell soap.

Mr. Trump, by the way, is a super president of the United States.

He’s emotional when he should be and calm when he should be.

He’s just the man for the hour and we’re very lucky to have him.

Ben Stein is a writer, an actor, and a lawyer who served as a speechwriter in the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal unfolded. He began his unlikely road to stardom when director John Hughes as the numbingly dull economics teacher in the urban comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Read more more reports from Ben Stein — Click Here Now.

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It’s scary and the media work like dervishes to keep us scared and sell soap. Mr. Trump, by the way, is a super president of the United States. He’s emotional when he should be and calm when he should be. He’s just the man for the hour and we’re very lucky to have him.
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